death clock

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death clock (plural death clocks)

  1. A metaphorical clock representing when one is expected to die, e.g. when someone expects to have a short lifespan because of an illness.
    • 2012, Michel Bruneau, The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer
      Keene had a death clock running, counting the days before his final breath, and his work plan was set to meet that last deadline, with a typical project management rigor.
  2. (humorous) Any of various websites that attempt to calculate when a person will die, based on calculations from their personal information (date of birth, whether they smoke, etc.).